Massachusetts Services for HIV Face Cuts
August 16, 2011
On Friday, the state Department of Public Health informed community health agencies of a $4.3 million reduction in AIDS prevention funding -- roughly one-quarter of the annual Massachusetts HIV prevention budget. As part of a national strategy shifting funding from states with lower HIV infection rates to those with high or increasing rates, federal AIDS prevention money to the state is being cut 50 percent during five years.
Service reductions include free condom distribution to schools, colleges, and health facilities, as well as syringe-exchange programs, Cranston said. Eliminated programs include one that sends counselors to venues frequented by men who have sex with men, media to promote HIV testing and prevention programs, and training for community case managers.
08.15.2011; Kay Lazar
This article was provided by U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update. Visit the CDC's website to find out more about their activities, publications and services.
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